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Sunday Sounds – Eva Cassidy

The voice of Eva Cassidy is ideal for a lazy laid back Sunday morning.

I am sure everyone will know that Eva was an American vocalist known for her interpretations of jazz, blues, folk, gospel, country and pop classics.

In 1992 she released her first album, The Other Side, a set of duets with go-go musician Chuck Brown, followed by a live solo album, Live at Blues Alley in 1996.

Although she had been honored by the Washington Area Music Association, she was virtually unknown outside her native Washington, D.C. when she died of melanoma in 1996.

Four years later, Cassidy’s music was brought to the attention of British audiences when her version of “Over the Rainbow” was played by Terry Wogan on BBC Radio 2.

Following the overwhelming response, a camcorder recording of “Over the Rainbow”, taken at the Blues Alley, was shown on BBC Two’s Top of the Pops 2.

Shortly afterwards, the compilation album Songbird climbed to the top of the UK Albums Charts, almost three years after its initial release.

The chart success in the United Kingdom and Ireland led to increased recognition worldwide; as of 2008 her posthumously released recordings, including three UK #1s, have sold around eight million copies. Her music has also charted top 10 positions in Australia, Germany, Sweden, Norway and Switzerland.

Many of these recordings were over dubbed and enhanced, however, her new release “Simply Eva” strips back her songs to just guitar and vocal which is probably  just the way she would have liked it.

Here she is with THE Sandy Denny classic.

“Who Knows Where The Time Goes” – Eva Cassidy

To buy the music of Eva Cassidy click HERE

March 20, 2011 Posted by | Blast from The Past, New Music, New Releases, Video | | Leave a comment

Robert Burns

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Today is the 251st Anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns tonght I will not be partaking in the traditional meal of haggis, neeps and tatties but will instead  settle for Haggis Pakora from The Ashoka in Johnstone!

The Selkirk Grace

Some hae meat and canna eat,
and some wad eat that want it,
but we hae meat and we can eat,
and sae the Lord be thankit.

For more information on Rabbie The Bard click HERE

In the meantime here are Eva Cassidy  and the more traditional Steam Jenny with versions of two of The Bard’s best known works.

My Love Is Like a Red Red Rose – Eva Cassidy

Scots Wah Hae – Steam Jenny

January 25, 2010 Posted by | Old Music | , , | Leave a comment

Early One Morning – Eva Cassidy

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Eva Marie Cassidy (February 2, 1963 – November 2, 1996) was an American vocalist known for her interpretations of jazz, blues, folk, gospel, country and pop classics. In 1992 she released her first album, The Other Side, a set of duets with go-go musician Chuck Brown, followed by a live solo album, Live at Blues Alley in 1996. Although she had been honored by the Washington Area Music Association, she was virtually unknown outside her native Washington, DC when she died of melanoma in 1996.

Four years later, Cassidy’s music was brought to the attention of British audiences when her version of “Over the Rainbow” was played by Terry Wogan on BBC Radio 2. Following the overwhelming response, a camcorder recording of “Over the Rainbow”, taken at the Blues Alley, was shown on BBC Two‘s Top of the Pops 2. Shortly afterwards, the compilation album Songbird climbed to the top of the UK Albums Charts, almost three years after its initial release. The chart success in the United Kingdom led to increased recognition worldwide; as of 2008 her posthumously released recordings, including three UK #1s, have sold around eight million copies.

Somewhere is the title of Eva Cassidy‘s seventh posthumous album. For the first time, it includes two songs written by Eva Cassidy herself.

Here is her great blues song

“Early One Morning” – Eva Cassidy

Early one morning
As the sun was rising
I heard a voice in the walley below.

Don’t decieve me
Don’t you leave me
How could you treat
A poor girl so?

Early one morning
I saw her walking
I heard a voice in the walley below.

Don’t decieve me
Don’t you leave me
How could you treat
A poor boy so?

So I sit on yonder hill
And I wonder if anyone
Thinks of me still

Why did you leave me?
Why did you decieve me?
How could you treat
A poor girl so?

If anyone thinks of me still
Why did you leave me?

Despite having the same song title it is not a take on the Elmore James song

“Early One Morning” – Elmore James

 

To buy the music of Eva Cassidy click HERE

 

To buy the music of Elmore James click HERE

October 8, 2009 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Blues, Old Music, Video | , | Leave a comment

   

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